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of the democrats were going to join. >> that's an unreasonable standard. >> he's not negotiating with nancy pelosi. he's negotiating with the president of the united states trying to work this deal out and certainly it's become a discussion with nancy pelosi and it's not, it's a discussion with the president of the united states in term of trying to work this through and where does he have to turn? he has to turn back to the principles in this negotiation and that's what he's done. >> but i believe he could have passed his plan b if he hadn't gone with the $20 million cutoff and he'd moved toward the center and that had been under discussion with a $400,000 cut off or a $500,000 cut off for the tax cuts to go into effect and the tax increases above that figure to go into effect and he didn't try to go into the center and he locked himself into an impossible situation where he couldn't get 218 votes in his own caucus and that was a failure of leadership. >> martin frost, david winston, ten seconds. you have ten seconds to respond. >> i'm sorry, but you're asking him to take the democratic position
congress called half as many votes as the 110th congress under speaker pelosi. they were able to do more. just bringing things to the floor isn't happening. for boehner, is it he can't lead or structurally part of it is governing for the 1% which is doing nothing. >> there are a number of dynamics. it's not just that he can't control, if you will, this very conservative hyperpartisan arm of his caucus, there are multiple things at play. he's been trying to avoid the type of embarrassment you saw last week. i's not called the do nothing congress for nothing. >> the do nothing congress is embarrassing for john boehner. what about the rest of the people? angela talked about the constituents and how they are responding? how are people reacting to it in the real world? >> you mentioned some of the numbers. i saw polling that showed, obviously, the majority of americans, 68% want this problem solved, but with compromises. within the numbers, 59% of republicans want it solved. they are willing to accept tax increases. in the past, they were not in favor of it. strategically they are boxing them
pelosi was speaker of the house, the 110th congress had roll call votes, over 1,000 roll call votes, and with speaker boehner, only 444 roll call votes leading to 219 pieces of legislation. should the american people feel as though you all are simply not doing your jobs? >> the answer to that question is yes, i think that the american people have a right to be skeptical of the work being done in washington. part of that is the political dynamic. i don't know if i would just count the number of votes. we are not commemorating sports teams and honoring, you know, naming the weeks and the days after which ef vegetable we choose for this week, and national tomato month. but that is something that we don't do in this congress so that the number of votes is going to be a lot less, but the productivity is going to be based on doing what is right for the american people, and doing big things and doing things that are going to help the country. i think that the american people are right to look at the output from the legislative standpoint saying that this congress could be doing a lot bette
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